Thursday, July 28, 2016

Squishy Delight

Today I got a lovely squishy package in the mail.  This was preceded a few days ago by an email from Maureen Cracknell Handmade telling me that I was a winner.  I confess that I love winning pretty fabrics.
The prize was sponsored by Llama Fabrics on Etsy.   So, What was in the lovely squishy package?
Oooooh prettty!!!!
It is a fat eighth bundle of Forest Floor by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.   There are some great prints in this bundle.  I love the mushroom print (bottom, second from left)  And isn't the bunny adorable too?
There is also a luna moth print called "Luna Rising" that I really love.  I will enjoy using these lovely fabrics.

I also made another small batch of fig preserves - six half pints to be exact.  So those are added to my store of canned goods for the next year.  I have more figs coming to can and a few in the freezer to keep until my next canning day.

In case you have forgotten - Life is Good! 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Canned "Squirrel" Day

Today's squirrel to be chased was making fig preserves. I had purchased some Pomona's Pectin which allows you to make lower sugar preserves. I got 9 half pints canned (so far I counted 8 that have made that lovely "kuh-plink" sound as they seal. I also have almost a pint to go in the refrigerator. My canner has room for 9 half pint jars, so I just kept the other for "now." I will probably half it and take Mom half of the "now" batch.

I need to go pick more figs and make another batch tomorrow. I love to take advantage of the figs while they are in season. There are few things more delightful than home canned preserves with breakfast - especially in the winter when fresh fruit is out of season.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

I did Sew- Really I Did

While doing my sorting, organizing, clean up the fabric area, I found a 15 degree fan ruler.
SQUIRREL!!!!
I had to play with it.  It is a stack and whack ruler

So I stacked two pieces of fabric and whacked out some pieces.
I sewed them into this:
It isn't trimmed, but it has possibilities!
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry July

Because let's face it, Christmas in July is pretty cool. 
 Here in Alabama it is HOT.  

So let's pretend it is Christmas.  
Think cool thoughts. 

And what is cool do you say?  
One of my favorite places, Craftsy, is having a  Christmas in July sale.   You can buy presents for yourself - or a crafty friend.  Or you can buy supplies to make some great Christmas gifts and get a real head start.  Because it is Christmas in July from now until Midnight Mountain Time on Sunday July 24 th. 
http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=356498&m=29190&u=759114.
As you may be aware, these are affiliate links. If you purchase through them, you still get the same great prices.  The bonus is that I get a small stipend for letting you know. We both win!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Y-Yes I Do Have Scraps

I haven't posted in several days.  The main reason is that I haven't done anything "post worthy." But I have started to feel out of touch so I am going to let you know what I have been doing.

My fabric room has been a big mess.  I keep scraps of fabric from everything.  When I first started quilting, I even bought a couple of bags of scraps - and I still have some of those!  My scraps have been in bags and boxes and were totally disorganized and thus underused.   I decided to see if  I could organize them.  What a chore!
This bag of scraps is the least wrinkled bunch.  So I saved it for "last"
I got a 3 drawer plastic bin.  In one drawer I put pre-cuts and die cut pieces.  That was the easy one.
Drawer two has pre-pieced bits - some of those needed ironing too as they somehow got in scrap bags.
Orphan blocks and pre-pieced segments

And in the top drawer- all the ironed scraps:
uh...to this point...there are more. I still have the last ones I ironed on the ironing board:
I haven't sorted by size or color.  I have just ironed and put in the drawer.  I can sort later while watching Netflix.  ha ha.

And Why "Y"
I did try something with a few scraps- I sewed a Y-seam (aka "the dreaded y-seam)  What I found is that it isn't as hard as some folks think.  I read how in Victoria Findlay Wolfe's book, "15 Minutes of Play."  (Link goes to Amazon - not an affiliate link)  She also has a video on her tutorials page -which I confess I haven't watched. Just scroll down and look for "Y Seams"
Here is mine:
Not exactly perfect, but for a first try, I think I did darn well.

Don't know what to do with  your scraps?  Craftsy has a couple of classes on it (These ARE affiliate links, so if you use them I get a small payment but it costs you nothing extra.)

Big Techniques from Small Scraps
and
Scrap Quilting with Pepper Cory
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